Special education refers to a set of educational programs and/or services designed to meet the individual needs of exceptional individuals whose needs cannot be met in the general education school program.
The California Education Code (Section 56031) describes Special Education as:
"Specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of individuals with
exceptional needs, whose educational needs cannot be met with modifications of the regular instructional program, and related services at no cost to the parent, which may be needed to assist such individuals to benefit from specially designed instruction. Special education is an integral part of the total public education system and provides education in a manner that promotes maximum interaction between children or youth with disabilities and children, or youth who are not disabled, in a manner that is appropriate to the needs of both"
Who is Eligible for Special Education Services?
All students who receive special education services must be assessed and found eligible for services by an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Children may be eligible to receive services if they are affected by any of the following disabling conditions:
Autisitic like Behaviors, Blind or Partially Sighted, Chronic Health Impairments, Acute Health Impairments, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Emotional Disturbance, Language or Speech Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disability, Orthopedic Impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury.
Search and Serve Identification and Referral
All schools are required to have procedures in place for identifying children who have, or are suspected of having a disability and needing special education and related services. The school's responsibilities for search and serve apply to the families and students attending and enrolling in the school. The District also has responsibilities for search and serve activities directed at the families of children below school age and students in private schools.
For information regarding the Special Education Program, contact your local school or call the Special Education Office at (626)935-8210.